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CORRECTION: Total Commits to Keeping its Investments in Tanzania

Total Tanzania has refuted claims that its current sales of stations, plots and depots was an indication of it exiting the East African country as alluded by the Africa Energy Chamber yesterday. According to the company the disposal of assets emanate from excess and duplicating infrastructure arising from the acquisition of GAPCO Tanzania Limited assets in 2018 for more than $200 million.

According to the company the joining of the two competitors in the past three years has left the oil marketer with redundant stations and depots some in close proximity.  Infrastructure upgrades  have also left some of its assets inaccessible and hence a need to dispose these assets.

“Indeed, the September 1 inauguration on the 8th Dodo station forming part of its  over 90 stations in Tanzania demonstrates that Total Tanzania has a long term view and is committed to pursuing its development in the country,” Total Tanzania Director of Legal and Corporate affairs  Marsha Msuya told OilNews Africa.

Late yesterday the President of the Africa Energy Chamber NJ Ayuk and the Executive President African Energy Chamber CEMAC Zone Leoncio Amada lashed out at the Tanzania government for creating a hostile environment for investors.

The Chamber has since corrected the position with President of the Africa Energy Chamber NJ Ayuk and the Executive President African Energy Chamber CEMAC Zone Leoncio Amada posts new tweets after OilNews Africa sought the company’s correct position.

In its first edition, OilNews Africa had announced that Total Tanzania  was exiting the country. After contacting the company, we have learnt that these affirmations are unfounded.

“We apologize to our readers, Total Tanzania and Tanzanian’s in general for our earlier article “Total Seeks Tanzania Downstream Business Exit After 50 years?” . OilNews Africa is committed to carrying factual articles and we expect “generally accepted credible news sources” to play their part in ensuring there is no misinformation originating from them ,” Kamau Mbote – OilNews Africa editor.

OilNewsAfrica has since unpublished an earlier article quoting the Africa Energy Chamber.

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